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Old 05-11-2010, 01:59 PM   #15
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thanks vaughan for the info. i unscrewed the plate near the a frame to take a look and to check if theres a fuse in there. couldnt really see a fuse but there sure are a lot of wires in there, he he... there is a wire coming out from under the plate that is not hooked to anything, which is weird if you ask me. apart from that all the wires seemed connected well enough. what do you guys think?
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Old 05-11-2010, 02:00 PM   #16
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p.s.-- btw, there is a gizmo riveted to the plate. is this the fuse?
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Old 05-11-2010, 04:24 PM   #17
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Yes it is an auto reset 12v circuit breaker... a fancy fuse
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Old 05-11-2010, 04:40 PM   #18
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I dont see where you have a ground attached to your frame and if your not grounded nothing works
Its usually a white wire, but dont take the electrical tape off the white one I see and try it for a ground unless you are SURE, bad things could happen. Also that breaker (if its like mine) only involves power between the tv charge line and the coach battery. In other words it could be defective and you should still have tow lights. First thing: make sure you have a GROUND.
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Old 05-11-2010, 07:36 PM   #19
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hi kevin,

thanks for the info and the tip. i am gonna go and take a closer look to see if i can find that white grounded wire...

plan b is to take it in and have someone look at it who actually knows what they are doing, unlike myself.

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Old 05-11-2010, 09:38 PM   #20
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progress...

so, thanks to you all's helpful hints i was able to get the shore power working. i i turned the plug upside down and it did the trick. what i also figured out is that if the red bit is showing on the breaker that means its NOT tripped.

now i dont have to sit in the dark out there at least. the real bear is gonna be the lights i really need to convert this aluminum masterpiece from a lawn ornament to a travel trailer. i checked the panel under the a-frame again and it seems that there is a substantial wire screwed to the frame. said wire also runs into all the other multicolored spaghetti so it looks like ground wise its good to go. my tiny neophyte brain is telling me that the issue likely lies with the connector to the tv (i just checked the bulbs and they are all intact). the funny thing about the connector/plug was that we couldnt get any outside lights at all to come on. if its wired differently you would think that a light would come on, the wrong light, but a light nonetheless. but nothin. i am probably wrong in this assumption.

i am once again at that point where i am asking myself, "now what?" i made an appt to haul her in to a local rv guy who is the only one in town who will actually work on an airstream. hopefully he knows what hes doing and wont charge me an arm and a leg to tell me he cant fix it. i will of course let you know.

thanks again for the assistance!

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Old 05-11-2010, 10:21 PM   #21
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yea! you have a success thats the way it is info comes in bits and pieces(my favorite saying) you dont need help ( or at least not as much as you think) you need time. Not one question you have asked I could have answered 10 mos. ago. IT TAKES TIME and if your just in a hurry to camp you would have bought an SOB which is ok too. But if you like the journey continue on have fun with the process, it will fall into place.
Oh and btw your GT will never be done its always a work in progress.

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Old 05-12-2010, 08:47 AM   #22
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You What?

What do you mean you turned the plug upside down? Are you talking about the 120volt (shore power) plug? It should be a 3 prong plug and you would not be able to turn it upside down. If you have a 2 prong plug and flipped it over, you may still have a problem even though the lights work. Please explain.
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the plug on the trailer is 2 prong. my extension cord is grounded and has 3 prongs. if i plug it into the trailer one way theres an orange light that comes on on the top of the breaker box and the lights dont work. if i turn the plug around the opposite way the orange light goes out and the lights work. what would be the problem with this?
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Old 05-12-2010, 02:20 PM   #24
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Your trailer should have a plug that fits directly into an outlet like this: 30-Amp Receptacle End Replacements - Product - Camping World

You can get these locally, the link is for illustration.
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all i can find on my trailer is the male end plug located by the lower left side of the door. is there a cord somewhere i havent found yet? my trailer is a '63, i am wondering if this is a later development.
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I believe the light that you refer to is the "Reverse Polarity" indicator, although there is no polarity on AC current. I'm not sure where the power cord is located on your 63. My '74 has it located in a storage compartment on the rear bumper. I would think that your power panel would be located somewhere close to where the cord leaves the trailer.
There should be 3 conductors in the power cord, Black (hot), White (neutral) and Green (earth ground). These wire should be connected correctly or you may have a serious electrical shock problem. You should never connect your trailer with a 2 prong plug. You need the 3rd prong for an earth ground. It is a safety device.
Can you remove the cover of your power panel and shoot a couple of pics. Maybe we can help you determine if it is wired correctly. Then we will move on to wiring the plug on the end of the cord.
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so, thanks to you all's helpful hints i was able to get the shore power working. i i turned the plug upside down and it did the trick. what i also figured out is that if the red bit is showing on the breaker that means its NOT tripped.
The red in the breaker means that it IS tripped. Typically, the shore power cord on most campers is on the street side away from the door so your not tripping over it. From what you've said it sounds like the PO rigged up some sort of shore power set up (the cord hanging by the door) that may be on the load side of the breakers (NOT GOOD!). The orange light will come on, if it has to, because power is back feeding through the breaker.
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I think you have solved the polarity light (and 110v) problem. On my '63 GT, the shore power cord has been changed to a modern 3-prong. This will keep you from pluging it in wrong-thus no more 110V & "reverse polarity" problem.

Also, on my '63 GT, when the 20A, 110v breaker shows red, it is on (it is 47 years old!). The pictures attached shows when the breaker when on and off. My power cord is located next to the door.

BTW, I'm doing a frame up renovation/restoration. That's why the power cord, breaker box, etc. looks that way.

Good luck with the 12v problems.
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